Digital Heritage Resources

Below is a database in development of links to associated Heritage bodies, industry resources and databases to assist in the better transmission of knowledge about Architecture, Urban and Cultural Heritage practices.

Video Resources

  • The Burra Charter Turns 40

    In 2019, the Burra Charter turned 40! As part of our acknowledgement of this significant landmark, Australia ICOMOS and ACAHUCH hosted panel discussions to celebrate and reflect on the document’s success and evolution, and to consider its capacity to respond to an evolving heritage landscape. The event involved hearty discussion between Professor Philip Goad and the panelists, Helen Lardner, Meg Goulding, Dr James Lesh and Emeritus Prof Miles Lewis.

  • A (short) History of the Japanese Room
  • Design Details of the Japanese Room

ACAHUCH Advisory Board - Career Trajectories

  • Graeme Davison, Urban and Social Historian and Adviser

    Graeme is a former President of the Australian Historical Association, Chairman of the Heritage Council of Victoria, a Fellow of the Australian Academies of Social Sciences and Humanities, and a prominent adviser and commentator on museums, heritage and urban policy. Graeme is Emeritus Professor of History at Monash University, and author of The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne and Car Wars, and an editor of The Oxford Companion to Australian History.

  • Samantha Westbrooke, Conservation Architect National Trust

    Samantha is a registered Architect with over 20 years of experience in the heritage industry. She has been engaged in all aspects of professional heritage architecture services and has worked in State and Local Government as well as private practice. Samantha established her own heritage architecture consultancy in Melbourne in 2010, which primarily undertakes heritage advisory work for local Government. Samantha also works for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) as their conservation architect.

  • Susan Balderstone, Heritage Consultant

    Susan has been a member of the ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) International Scientific Committee for the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage since 1997. She was an ICOMOS Advisor on World Heritage to UNESCO (2008 – 2016). In 1996 she was appointed Adjunct Professor in Cultural Heritage at Deakin University Melbourne and was involved in setting up and teaching courses in Cultural Heritage in conjunction with her position at Heritage Victoria, where she was Assistant Director until 2005.

  • Bryce Raworth, Bryce Raworth Conservation & Heritage

    Bryce is one of Melbourne’s most experienced heritage architecture practitioners and experts. He is Founder and Director of Bryce Raworth Conservation & Heritage is an award-winning practice with broad expertise in the planning, design and heritage fields. Having dealt with over 3500+ projects to date spanning almost 30 years, the practice has proven expertise in technical, legal and philosophical issues associated with the conservation and management of heritage places.

  • Peter Lovell, Lovell Chen

    Peter’s enduring interest in the analysis and re-use of older buildings and sites began during his studies at Melbourne University, where he followed a Bachelor of Building degree with post-graduate research on the decay and preservation of materials. He founded Lovell Chen — originally as Allom Lovell & Associates — in 1981. The practice is now a leader in design, conservation and management associated with heritage places. Major early projects, such as the restoration of Melbourne’s mid-19th Century Windsor Hotel, were significant to Australia’s growing passion for rediscovery of its architectural heritage — a movement with which Peter is proud to be associated.

  • Sheridan Burke, Heritage Consultant

    Sheridan’s career spans government, NGOs and the private sector, pursuing Twentieth Century heritage as her specialist field of interest. Most exciting current project is with the Getty Conservation Institute’s Keeping it Modern program delivering courses in conservation planning. Sheridan is an expert member of the Sydney Opera House Conservation Council; and its Design Advisory Panel as well as Local Planning Panels in NSW. Her voluntary contributions include serving on ICOMOS international committees for over 25 years. She has just completed a stint as Deputy Chair of the NSW Heritage Council and chair of the State Heritage Register Committee.

  • Careers Trajectories with the Advisory Board - Q&A

    Following on from a discussion with ACAHUCH Advisory Board members around the direction of their careers, we opened up the presentation to questions from the audience, a collection of academics, students, and community members, hosted by Masters of Urban and Cultural Heritage coordinator, Dr Stuart King.

Fabrications 32.01 - Festschrift for Prof. Harriet Edquist

On Friday 25 June 2021, members of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)  met online to discuss papers being prepared for a special issue of Fabrications (Vol. 32. No. 1) ‘Looking inside design: crossing and connecting the disciplinary boundaries of architecture, design, and exhibition.’ Fabrications is the refereed journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ). Established in 1989, it is devoted to scholarly publication in the field of architectural history. It is published 3 times per year, and this issue will be published in January 2022.

  • Session One

    • Sarah Teasley
      Architects, curators and designers in postwar Tokyo
    • Michaela Prunotto
      Lina Bo Bardi in dialogue with Frida Escobedo: A Spontaneous Entanglement
    • Kate Rhodes
      Methods and motives for curating architecture
  • Session Two

  • Session Three

    • AnnMarie Brennan
      ‘From the city to the spoon”: Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Pioneer of Postwar Italian Design
    • Kirsty Volz
      Architect and Ceramist: Nell McCredie’s Epping Pottery Studio
    • Rebecca Hawcroft
      Folk traditions: re-examining Hungarian émigré modernist designers
    • Catriona Quinn
      Re-evaluating post-war interior design practices: Noel Coulson and his clients, 1948-1965
  • Session Four

    • Manu Sobti and Peter Scriver
      Personal Journey or Tectonic Practice: Thick Descriptions of ‘Curated’ Residential Interiors by 4 Indian Architects
    • Stuart King
      The Architectural Imagination in Colonial Tasmania
    • Catherine Moriarty
      Writing about design: Finland 1940
    • Harriet Edquist
      Concluding Remarks

Other Digital Heritage Resources

  • A Cinematic Vision: The architecture of Howard Lawson

    As part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, Public Record Office Victoria presents a talk by Virginia Blue (a recent MUCH graduate) on Melbourne architect Howard Lawson. Virginia’s extensive archival research, undertaken as part of her MUCH subjects including Representing and Remembering Place and MUCH Minor Thesis, has uncovered fascinating new information about the man who turned South Yarra into the Hollywood Hills with his iconic apartment complexes.  The talk also highlights key architecture and planning concepts in the breadth of his work.

  • ACAHUCH x Open House Melbourne : Reconnecting with the past through architectural objects

    The Miles Lewis Heritage Building collection is a digital resource made available via the Architectural Building and Planning Library here. The website, currently under construction, will be available soon through the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage homepage.

    A team of architects have been involved in this project, they are

    Architecture typically uses 3D technologies to capture site and structure. The project to digitise the Miles Lewis Building Heritage collection created over 300 3D scans of historic building materials and objects. The collection tells a story of the evolution of the design, manufacturing and use of construction materials and techniques within Australian and offers insights into global influences on Australian architectural methods.

  • Macgeorge Fellow - Murray Fraser (Bartlett, UCL): A World of Architectural History



    Public lecture: A World of Architectural History

    This lecture will discuss the preparations and outcomes of the 21st Edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, in what are two entirely re-written volumes, also available online. It constitutes the most ambitious attempt to provide an overall account of architectural history in all parts of the world across the past 5,500 years. Three scholars from the University of Melbourne (Dr Amanda Achmadi, Prof Philip Goad, Prof Paul Walker) wrote chapters on Australian/Southeast Asian architectural history, and hence in part this public lecture will also be a celebration of their roles within the task.

    Murray Fraser joined ACAHUCH for April of 2022, supported by the Macgeorge Bequest at the University of Melbourne.

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    Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, and Chair of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. In 2008 his book Architecture and the 'Special Relationship' won the RIBA Research Award and CICA Bruno Zevi Book Prize. He is General Editor for the 21st Edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture (2020), awarded the SAHGB’s Colvin Prize. He received the 2018 RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Education.

  • ACAHUCH International | Eva Branscome (Bartlett, UCL) on Hans Hollein's 'Austrienalle'

    ACAHUCH International | Eva Branscome (Bartlett, UCL) on Hans Hollein's 'Austrienalle' | 26.04.22

    This lecture will discuss the curation of the 1968 Milan Triennale Austrian Pavillion by Austrian Architect and Artist, Hans Hollein. Looking at ‘The Great Number’ through Austrian glasses: Hans Hollein’s Exhibition at the 1968 Milan Triennale In 1968 the Austrian architect and artist, Hans Hollein, was asked to curate the Austrian Pavilion for the 14th Triennale in Milan.

    The exhibition’s theme, ‘The Great Number’, was intended to address a growing disenchantment within modernity manifesting itself through global issues such as overpopulation, overproduction, mass waste, increased mobility, as well as social and psychological alienation: topics that had become increasingly urgent. Hollein’s response was to create an action-environment. Titled the ‘Austriennale’ it consisted of a Freudian and Kafkaesque experience of parallel corridors titled ‘supermarket’, ‘waste’, ‘snowstorm’, ‘overcrowding’, ‘frustration’, ‘population increase’, ‘dead-end’, and finally ‘isolation/individualisation’. Hollein’s idea was to address the problems arising in the post-war globalised world within a specifically local Austrian context.

    The end of WWII had created a deep sense of cultural dislocation for Austria. Rediscovering the nation’s cultural and historical specificity beyond a Nazi agenda, or the commercial imperative of mass tourism, was crucial to artistic production for Hollein and others. Culturally Catholic, the influx of colonizing influences which arrived in Austrian via post-war American re-education initiatives created during the 1960s unexpected artistic mutations of pop, communication, commodification, Cold War science, and the spectre of the apocalypse, while some contributors were also seduced by the extreme escapist option of simply living in a bubble on the moon. These concepts were fused within a typically Austrian attitude which combined cynicism, sex, and the abandoning of limits by an avant-garde that, along with Hollein, was preoccupied with the human body.

    Ironically, the Milan Triennale was closed down and occupied during the 1968 student uprisings as a manifestation of the global problems it was seeking to address. Additionally, and intended as a provocation culturally specific to the Austrian situation, the Vienna Aktionist Rudolf Schwarzkogler proposed his own alternative action-environment as a retort to Hollein's pavilion. The ‘Austriennale’ installation can thus be read as a fertile cauldron for art, architecture and exhibition design encapsulating the aspirations and fears of the European avant-garde against the backdrop of US hegemony and Cold War anxiety. Chaired by Professor Alan Pert (Deputy Dean of Melbourne School of Design).

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    Dr Eva Branscome has been working at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London since 2012. Originally trained as an interior architect, Eva studied for her PhD at the Bartlett. Her research and teaching work has two main strands: the first engages with the links between built heritage and cultural practices in contemporary Western cities, whether expressed through cultural institutions or counter-cultural and street art; the second is in the 19th- and 20th-century architectural history of Central Europe, focussing particularly upon Austria and other regions in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Eva’s work concentrates particularly on the intersections of architecture and media, such as exhibitions, publications, and photography, as well as museum architecture as a cultural and urban hinge. These topics intersect with her extensive experience in British architectural heritage having spent a decade as a caseworker for the Twentieth Century Society. Eva has published extensively – including Hans Hollein and Postmodernism (Routledge, 2019), the first major monograph on that architect-artist. She has co-curated exhibitions at the MAK Gallery in Vienna, ICA in London and Museum Abteiberg in Germany, and has previously taught architectural history at Queen Mary University, Oxford Brookes University and the University of Westminster.